History of Websphere

IBM WebSphere is a mature brand, having first been introduced in June of 1998. One of the first products to be launched within the family was WebSphere Performance Pack. This product was designed for enterprises and internet service providers (ISVs) to provide high availability hosting of applications and was later incorporated into WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment.

WebSphere Application Server was born out of the increasing adoption of Java servlets and quickly evolved to the de facto standard for hosting applications in enterprises.

Customer demand for an ability to manage and monitor connections between different applications gave rise to a solution that would allow of interoperability of different systems. Other solutions, such as WebSphere MQ (created as MQSeries in 1992), eventually fell into the fold (2002) as a way of ensuring reliability of messaging between applications while using open standards.

E-commerce became part of the WebSphere Family when IBM’s Net.Commerce (introduced in 1996) was renamed WebSphere Commerce in 2001. The product later developed into a full suite in three sizes for different sized businesses.

WebSphere now forms the basis for a service oriented architecture (SOA)- the integration of people, information, and processes. Tools in WebSphere’s Business Process Managementpillar can be used to model, simulate, deploy, monitor, and manage business processes and allow for re-use of code.

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